Valentyna was born in 1983 in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, to a family that did not practice religion due to the pressures of Communism. Yet from an early age Valentyna felt a strong desire to know God. She was deeply affected by her grandmother, who taught her the Our Father Prayer as a child. Valentyna’s mother entered her name in the U.S. Green Card Lottery, thus at 18 she left Zaporizhzhya for Medford, Wisconsin. Far from home and knowing little English, she went through a very difficult period. She then remembered the Our Father Prayer her grandmother taught her and this helped sustain her, leading her to a deeper love for God as a Merciful Father. About that same time, Valentyna began to feel powerfully drawn to the Catholic Church, which she would enter in 2007. This awakened a burning desire to become a missionary, a desire which would find fulfillment in the founding of the nonprofit organization Chalice of Mercy. Mission which will present God as a Merciful and Loving Father and trough concrete deeds will protect all life and its dignity from the moment of conception until the natural death.
Fr. Pablo Escrivá de Romaní.
Ordained in Madrid 2009 . Studied Theology in the Faculty of San Damaso in Madrid. Worked specially with the youth in the parish of Santa Teresa de Jesus in Madrid for several years. When in April 2017 he went to Ukraine for the first time, he felt a strong call to give his life in this mission. Now Cardinal Carlos Osoro has allowed him to go as a missionary to Ukraine. He is currently working together with Bishop Jan Sobilo and with Valentyna in the Shrine of Merciful God the Father, giving retreats and helping specially people from the war zone, pro-life missions with doctors and the very special mission of making our Father known, loved and honored through Chalice of Mercy.